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McGuinty Government Investing In Training and Apprenticeship In Woodbridge

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is helping training centres prepare more workers for high-skill jobs of the future.

The Ontario Skills Training Enhancement Program (OSTEP) is supporting the expansion of the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre in Woodbridge and will help to purchase equipment for training workers in hazardous materials and exterior insulated finishing systems.

Ontario's investment is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan that gives Ontarians a competitive edge by enhancing skills and building places to learn.  

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $702,000 over the next three years in the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre to help upgrade its training facilities.
  • OSTEP is a cost-sharing program that encourages partnerships between governments and industry to expand facilities and modernize equipment for the skilled trades.
  • Through OSTEP, Ontario’s $15-million investment over three years has leveraged a $10.6-million investment from industry in state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure.
  • There are over 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships.

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“OSTEP funding will help our industry partners invest in training and infrastructure to build the next generation of skilled tradespeople in Ontario. By investing in this training centre here in Woodbridge, we are training people in high-demand trades that will give our community a skills advantage.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Ontario's building trades have always maintained a strong tradition of investing in the skills and development of their members. Today's announcement further extends their capacity to prepare a new generation for a changing workplace.”

Greg Sorbara

MPP for Vaughan



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